Maria Elena Ovalle
I started my library services career in January, 1992 at Lamar Elementary School at
Edinburg CISD. There, I taught library skills and provided readers’ advisory and
reference services to students in Grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade as well as
support services for staff.
In 2000, I moved to the Region One Education Service Center to serve as Coordinator
for Library Services and Instructional Resources. My primary responsibilities were:
provide staff development and support for school librarians, coordinate instructional
resources cooperative and purchasing cooperative for school districts, submit E-Rate
forms for Region One.
Dr. Dahlia Guerra
Dr. Dahlia Guerra, pianist, is a native of Edinburg, Texas. She is a Professor in the School of Music and holds the position of Assistant Vice-President of Public Art at the University of Texas Grande Valley. As a musician and concert pianist, she has devoted her life to promoting the value of the creative and liberal arts in education, stressing the tremendous impact of an arts education on the developmental growth of every child.
Laura is a proud native of the Rio Grande Valley. She has worked as a counselor, parent / family educator, and educational consultant throughout her career. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from North Texas State University and a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&I University. She has focused her career on empowering parents to create a strong and healthy home environment.
"How to raise a happy healthy family...beginning with you" -Laura
Gabby is a Personal Trainer, Sports and Basic Nutrition Advisor, and Group Exercise Instructor. She has had a passion for leading an active lifestyle since a very young age, growing up as a dancer. However, when she was diagnosed with cancer at age 24, her interest for being active became deeper as she discovered how exercise and good nutrition can help prevent many life threatening diseases, including cancer. Being diagnosed was the beginning of Gabby's journey into the fitness world as a way of achieving health and wellness.
"What I like the most about coaching clients is that more than helping them accomplish their physical and weight goals, I get to help them lead healthier lives with less risk of diseases. That for me is the ultimate goal as a trainer." - Gabby